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Charles "Martin" Lewis

January 13, 1935 ~ May 1, 2019 (age 84)

Mechanicsburg – Rev. C. Martin Lewis, 84, of 308 Wertz Avenue, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at UPMC Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg.

Born in Shamokin on January 13, 1935, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary (Troxell) Lewis. He graduated from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia.

On April 23, 1955 in Harrington, Delaware, he married the love of his life, Sally Ann Widdowson, who survives. Together they celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Martin, as he liked to be called, farmed the family land in Gowen City until he helped to establish Grace Bible Fellowship for the Deaf in Elmhurst, Pa., outside of Scranton. This was after he was ordained as a minister by the late Pastor Bowser of First Baptist Church in Shamokin. He remained a pastor to the church in Elmhurst until 2013, when he moved to Mechanicsburg.

He was also co-founder of American Missions for the Deaf. A part of AMD's ministry particularly close to Martin's heart was support for a Christian school for the deaf in Jamaica, which he visited several times as part of his international missionary service.

While living in Mechanicsburg, he continued to minister to the deaf in the mid-Atlantic region.

Martin was an Eagle Scout and was Mayor of Scranton for a day in recognition of this accomplishment.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Lewis of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Joanne Cunkle and her husband Joel of Mechanicsburg, and Janet Richey and her husband Jim of Mechanicsburg; a son, Ray Lewis; a brother, Robert Lewis and his wife Barbara of CA; a grandson, Daniel Richey; two granddaughters, Emma Richey, and Anna Richey; and several nieces, and cousins. Martin was preceded in death by his parents.



Rev. C. Martin Lewis, 84, 308 Wertz Ave, Mechanicsburg – Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at West Shore Evangelical Free, 1345 Williams Grove Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA, with Reverend Brad Schaaf, Officiating. Viewing will be held prior to the service in the church from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being cared for by Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W. Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, 100 South Pine St., Suite 283, Zeeland MI 49464 or through the website at To send condolences to the family please visit

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